PhD student in Applied Physics

Ref LiU-2020-02023

Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

At the Department of Science and Technology, at the university’s Norrköping campus, we provide education and conduct research in physics and electronics, communications/logistics and media- and information technology. The department is recognised for its work in fields including logistics, visualisation and organic electronics. We combine academic excellence with fruitful collaboration with the Community.

Hereby advertises a position as

PhD student in Applied Physics
formally based at the Department of Science and Technology, Campus Norrköping, Campus Norrköping.

Research area
At the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) we explore electronic and optical properties of organic semiconductors, biomaterials from the forest, and hybrid organic materials. We share a common interest in utilizing the combination of electronic and ionic charge for use in energy, internet-of-things, healthcare, and biology applications. Our research topics include synthesis, material science, theory and modeling, device physics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and system design. Our activities span the range from basic research to commercialization, the latter carried out in close collaboration with RISE Acreo. LOE currently has ~140 researchers and research students divided into eleven units, each led by a principal investigator.

The PhD position will be based in the Surface Physics and Chemistry unit of LOE, led by Prof. Mats Fahlman. The Surface Physics and Chemistry unit is renowned for its pioneering research on surfaces and interfaces of (hybrid) organic materials and is affiliated with the Swedish Strategic Research Area of Advanced Functional Materials.

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The PhD candidate will participate in the development of lead-free perovskites for optoelectronics and spintronics. The focus of the PhD candidate’s research is to investigate the properties of lead-free perovskite thin films and interfaces using a wide variety of advanced surface science techniques both in house and at synchrotron radiation laboratories. The research also involves fabricating and studying more complex multicomponent systems to shed light on both optoelectronic and spintronic device functionality.

Lead halide perovskites have emerged as promising semiconducting materials for different applications (solar cells, light-emitting diodes, detectors, and lasers) as a result of their superior optoelectronic properties. However, the toxicity of the lead in these perovskites represents a serious issue which could be an obstacle for their practical applications. Therefore, we are motivated to develop lead-free perovskites. Lead-free perovskites are a large family of materials with rich structural and functional diversities, and represent a promising material platform which is well suited for a range of optical, electric, magnetic-related applications.

This position is part of a large research project funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The project is led by Prof. Feng Gao (expertise on materials and devices), Prof. Igor Abrikosov (expertise on theory calculations), Prof. Mats Fahlman (expertise on advanced characterizations), and Prof. Weimin Chen (expertise on magnetism). As such, you will be a member of a large consortium, and closely collaborate with other members in this project during your PhD. For other PhD positions in this project, please refer to IFM-2020-00370 och IFM-2020-00344.

As a PhD student you will primarily devote yourself to your research. As a PhD student you are limited to work with education and administration up to 20 percent of full time.

Employment as a PhD student is dependent on admission to Linköping University graduate education program.

The applicant has to have finished a Master in Science or equivalent in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or equivalent. It is an advantage to have prior experimental experience of what is described in the job description above—especially that related to materials and device development and/ or spectroscopy.

Verbal and writing communication skills in English. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to communicate clearly and to interact with colleagues and staff. The interested candidate should be strongly self-motivated, show a keen interest in science and fundamental research, and be willing to work in a team.

Appointment time
Appointment will be renewed annually, with the full period of employment not exceeding the equivalent of four years’ full-time research training. The maximum time of employment, taking into account the four years’ equivalent, cannot exceed eight years.

Starting date By agreement, earliest 1 September 2020

The salary for PhD students is based on the department’s salary scale.

Union representatives
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Application procedureApply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest 13th of August. 

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Equal opportunitiesA majority of our PhD students at ITN are men which is why precedence will be given to women in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact person

Mats Fahlman


+46 13 28 12 06

Annelie Westerberg



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Post expires on Thursday August 13th, 2020